Seppeltsfield winery is home to an award-winning cellar door, iconic restaurant Fino, Jam Factory studios, and skincare label Vasse Virgin. Now it’s adding coffee to the repertoire with Octeine Coffee, a new cafe in the former Benno’s Kiosk space.
Octeine owner and roaster (and, incidentally, a contestant on this year’s Bachelorette) Pete Mann has been busy broadening his footprint since opening in Kent Town in 2019. The brand recently expanded to a Grenfell Street hole-in-the-wall (in the old Seafaring Fool site, where Mann once worked) and a new location in Torrensville. Now he’s bringing expert coffee to Seppeltsfield.
The old kiosk, a longstanding pitstop for families after an ice cream or a soft drink, felt at odds with the Seppeltsfield brand. When head of national sales and marketing Lauren Mudge came on board, she decided to switch things up.
“It wasn’t exactly living up to the standard of everything else we have up here,” Mudge says. “I said, you’ve got to bring in an expert. Think about everything else we do and why it works.”
She contacted old school mate Mann and invited him to take on the site. “It’s like a marriage made in heaven,” says Mudge. For Mann, whose Kent Town cafe shares a space with a gym, physio, property developer and landscape architect, it suits his proclivity to collaborate with existing businesses and brands. “I like that community feel,” he says. “I like everyone working together to support each other.”
The site has been freshened up and a new dining area – previously a storage room – added. The Octeine name has been scrawled in white on the roof, mirroring the iconic Seppeltsfield rooftop a few steps away. Things have been kept minimal, in part because the situation could be temporary – the site may be demolished should proposed six-star, 12-storey hotel Oscar go ahead.
Mann, a former teacher who cut his roasting teeth at Aunty Peg’s by Melbourne coffee pioneer Proud Mary, will echo the wine-tasting experience at the Seppeltsfield cellar door with a coffee-tasting flight – the same single-origin coffee, done three ways. The seasonally changing beans – sourced from ethical Sydney buyers Latorre & Dutch and roasted at Octeine’s SA roastery – will be served as an espresso, piccolo and filtered batch brew (in the warmer months the latter will be subbed out for a cold brew or cold drip). “We thought it would be a good fit to offer something that’s a bit more of an experience,” says Mann.
The menu is focused on “light, fresh, healthy” food. There are protein smoothies, acai bowls, overnight oats, smashed avocado and raw treats. The cafe is licensed, so you can kick back with a bottle of Seppeltsfield wine or a brew from Barossa Cider Co and Pirate Life.
According to Seppeltsfield founder Warren Randall, “Octeine Coffee will bring a new dimension to the Seppeltsfield Village and the Barossa, catering for visitors looking to make a pit stop and refuel their engines while they explore all the region has to offer.”
Octeine Coffee officially opened today.
Octeine Coffee at Seppeltsfield
Mon to Fri 8.30am–3.30pm
Sat & Sun 10am–5pm